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Condensation can be a major pain and is often hard to avoid in Scotland when the weather turns cold, wet, and miserable outside. However, taking the right steps can help reduce condensation and improve the air quality inside your home.

Why is there condensation on my windows?

Condensation occurs when warm, moist air meets a colder surface. During the Scottish autumn and winter, the cosy central heating warmth from inside your home meeting the chilly temperatures from outside on the surface of your window can cause condensation to form.

What does condensation on my windows mean?

Although an irritation, condensation on your windows doesn’t necessarily mean it is a fault with your windows. To understand why the condensation is forming on your windows, we first have to establish where the condensation is forming. 

Condensation forming on the outside of the glass

Waking up in the morning and there is condensation on the outside of your double glazing? Although annoying, this is actually a good sign that your double glazing windows are working as they should by keeping the heat in your home and the cold out. Once the sun starts to shine and the temperatures start to heat up outside – the condensation will disappear.

Condensation on the inside of the glass

Condensation forming inside your home can be a problem but not necessarily a problem with your double glazing. Condensation forming on the inside of your double glazing windows is usually related to ventilation and high levels of humidity in the home. It can be especially common in shower rooms and kitchens. Improving ventilation or tweaking habits in the home can soon rectify the problem. If you are noticing condensation inside, its important to dry down the surface to avoid damage to your windows and avoid mould forming.

Condensation between the panes

If you are seeing condensation between the panes of glass, it is a telltale sign that your double glazing unit has failed and is no longer performing efficiently. Allowing the heat from the home to escape and letting in the cold air from outside. If you are seeing condensation form between your panes of glass, you should contact your local double glazing installer to arrange having your window replaced. 

How to reduce condensation in your home

If condensation is forming in your home, it is important you take steps to quickly improve the air quality and reduce the risks of black mould appearing. Some quick and simple solutions include:

Improving ventilation

One of the simplest and quickest ways to fix the humidity in your home is to improve the ventilation. Regularly opening windows for short periods of time and leaving the trickle vents set to open for background ventilation in high-humidity areas can remove the moist air and decrease the risk of condensation forming.

Reduce the causes of humidity

Every day household activites and habits such as showering, boiling pots, and drying clothes indoors all unavoidably add moisture to the air. To reduce the levels of moisture in the air from these activities: open windows and use extractor fans where possible. If showering or boiling pots, open a window and close the room door to avoid the moist air circulating.  If possible, dry clothes outside or use a tumble dryer that is vented to outside.

Keep a consistent temperature throughout

Condensation is more likely to form when there is a contrast of temperatures. It can help to keep your home warm to a consistent temperature throughout to reduce the likelihood of mould forming.

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